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Auroville

Auroville is a small town 8 kms north of Pondicherry. This utopian city was a vision of The Mother from Sri Aurobindo Asham at Pondicherry as it's an international town.

The residents from 35 nations to live in around 15 different communities within Auroville. It is an exciting project for understanding the environmental needs for spiritual growth.

On 28th February 1968 some 5,000 people assembled near the banyan tree at the future township for an inauguration ceremony attended by representatives of 124 nations.

The representatives brought with them soil from their homeland was placed in a lotus-shaped urn and mixed to symbolize unversal unity. Matri Mandir is one of the most important place to visit.

The remarkable golden globe, while inside solid crystal is a place fro quiet reflection and concentration for spiritual meditation center. You need to get a pass to visit.

Overview of the city plan:

There is an organized tour of Auroville that begins and ends in Pondicherry. This might be a good way to get around Auroville for first timers.At the centre of the township lies the Peace Area, comprising the Matrimandir and its gardens, the amphitheatre with the Urn of Human Unity that contains the soil of 121 nations and 23 Indian states, and a lake to help create an atmosphere of calm and serenity and to serve as a groundwater recharge area.

Industrial Zone:

A 109-hectare area to the north of the Peace Area, the Industrial Zone, a zone for "green" industries, is focused on Auroville's efforts towards a self-supporting township. It will contain small and medium-scale industries, training centre's, arts and crafts, and the city's administration.The largest of the four city zones.

International Zone:

The International Zone, a zone of 74 hectares to the west of the Peace Area, will host national and cultural pavilions, grouped by continents. Its central focus is to create a living demonstration of human unity in diversity through the expression of the genius and contribution of each nation to humanity.

Cultural Zone:

Planned on a 93-hectare area, situated to the east of the Peace Area, the

Cultural Zone will be a site for applied research in education and artistic expression. Facilities for cultural, educational, art and sports activities will be located in this zone.

Green Belt:

The city area with a radius of 1.25 km. will be surrounded by a Green Belt of 1.25 km width. As a zone for organic farms, dairies, orchards, forests, and wildlife areas, this belt will act as a barrier against urban encroachment, provide a variety of habitats for wildlife, and serve as a source for food, timber, medicines etc. and as a place for recreation.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

La Boutique d' Auroville 38,
Jawaharlal Nehru Street
Pondicherry 605001
Phone: +91 413 2337264
www.auroville.org

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